Visions de L'amen
At a free concert at noon on 24 October in Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery,
pianists Therese Fahy and Dearbhla Collins will play Messiaen's rarely performed
Visions de L'amen.
RTE Concert Orchestra
Sligo Choral Festival hosts the RTE Concert Orchestra for an all-Russian
concert on 27 October. The following day, the orchestra joins the Galway
Baroque Singers for the Mozart Requiem and the Bruckner Mass in E minor
at Leisureland in Galway, and also in Dublin's National Concert Hall on 29 October.
Beethoven concerto cycle
Pianist Hugh Tinney will play Beethoven's five Piano Concertos in three
concerts at Dublin's National Concert
Hall with the Orchestra of St Cecilia and Robert Houlihan. The series
begins on 2 November with No 1 in C and No 4 in G.
Barrows and Mackie quartet premieres
A chance to hear world premières of string quartets by Barrows
(in B minor) and by Mackie (Classically speaking...) on 24 October,
2pm at the Culver City Presbyterian Church, 11269 Washington Blvd (between
Sepulveda and Sawtelle, near to the 405 freeway), USA. Yi-Huan Zhao, violin,
Bomey Lee, violin, Bo Dong, viola, and Yao Zhao, cello will also play Mozart's
D minor quartet, K421. Further info from Culver Music.
Florian Kitt and Rita Medjimorec
The Austrian cello duo, Florian Kitt (cello) and Rita Medjimorec (piano)
play sonatas by Debussy, Richard Strauss, and Entfaltung (Unfolding)
by Erich Urbanner, recently written for these performers, in a concert in
the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on the campus of York University on 27 October,
8pm. Info: +44 (0)1904 432439.
Schiff and the Northern Sinfonia
Heinrich Schiff is again in Britain this month playing with and conducting
the Northern Sinfonia for a concert containing Haydn's Cello Concerto, Mozart's
Symphony 39 in E flat, and Franz Schreker's Chamber Symphony: Middlesborough
(Town Hall) on 27 Oct; Newcastle (City Hall) on 28 Oct; and Carlisle (The
Sands Centre) on 29 Oct.
Rääts and Penderecki in Uppsala
Clarinettist Michel Lethiec and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra directed
by Paul Mägi are performing in Uppsala, Sweden on 28 October, 7.30pm
- the Concerto for Chamber Orchestra by Jan Rääts, the Concerto
for Clarinet and Strings by Krzysztof Penderecki and music by Shostakovich.
Info: Musik i Uppland.
Barns of Wolf Trap
André Watts is playing at the Barns of Wolf Trap in Washington
DC on 5 November, 8pm. Tickets USD 30. 24-hour information from +1 703 255
Gary Dranch plays Krenek
Clarinettist Gary Dranch will give a recital at the Donnell Library Center,
20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 on 21 November, 2:30pm. This chamber
recital includes clarinet, violin and piano trios by Ida Gotkovsky (born
1933) and Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), a clarinet, cello and piano trio by
Paul Juon (1872-1940) and a qauartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello
by Bernhard Hendrik Crusell (1775-1838).
Oreste and Oresteia
The English Bach Festival Opera presents a short season in January at
the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera in London. Oreste by
Handel, not heard in England since 1734, will be staged on January 14 and
22 at 7.30 and 16 and 23 at 4. At the reverse end of the chronological scale
Xenakis' Oresteia will be given its first performance in England
of the new complete version. Dates: Jan 15,18,19,21 at 7.30.Box office:
+44 (0)207 304 4000.
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Two further free concerts in October pay tribute to Michigan composer
William Albright (1944-1998), whose death in September last year has been
a great loss for musicians in Ann Arbor and for American music (info: Chris Kim) :
Brave New Works, in conjunction with the University of Michigan, present
an Albright tribute on 23 October, 8pm at the Britton Recital Hall, Ann
Arbor. Albright works performed will be Shadows - Eight Serenades
for solo Guitar (played by Matthew Ardizzone), Abiding Passions for
woodwind quintet, and the Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (Tim McAllister,
alto sax and Kathryn Goodson, piano). Albright by Albright student
Carter Pann will also be performed. Donations to the William Albright Scholarship
Fund at the door.
A concert of music written by Michigan composers in memory of William
Albright will be presented by the School of Music and the Society of Composers
Inc. on 24 October, 7pm at the Kerrytown Concert House. Donations to the
Scholarship Fund at the door.
The Baldwin Dance Company will present 'Julius Tomb' - one of three works
choreographed by Baldwin - as part of a UK national tour this autumn: Queen
Elizabeth Hall, South Bank (23 Oct); Wimbledon Theatre (27 Oct); Brunton
Theatre, Edinburgh.(6 Nov).
Norwegian National Opera in Oslo stages Vernon Mound's new production
of Andrea Chénier from October 23.
Norwegian National Ballet will present Michael Corder's celebrated production
of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet in its first visit to London, 16-20
November at Sadler's Wells. Booking: +44 (0)171 863 8000.
George Flynn webcast
'...In a general sense the vehemence of Flynn's music is the first thing
that one experiences. Here is music so harsh, so violent, so extreme that
one's senses virtually recoil. It is music of primal passion and orgiastic
madness. This is music to accompany the Bacchae of Euripides. It is music
that is built upon such long lines of tension and with such grandness of
vitality that the listener is overwhelmed, overawed and transcended.'
A special feature about Chicago composer and pianist George Flynn will be webcast by WNUR 89.3 MHz (FM) on 24
October, 4pm CDST. Flynn will play (from recorded performances) his own
90-minute piano suite Trinity (consisting of pieces Kanal,
Wound and Salvage) and will also join Bob Falesch in conversation. The webcast can be heard via
the WNUR website.
Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Ian Partridge's Masterclasses at the Britten-Pears
School, Aldeburgh, UK are open to the public: 23 October - 1 November (concert
on 2 November). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musicatreize in October
The French ensemble Musicatreize will perform music by Kopelent, Janequin,
Berio and Ohana (Aix en Provence, 28 October, to be confirmed, and Brucknerhaus,
Linz, 30 October, 7.30pm). Info: email@example.com.
Sounding the Millennium
York Minster is the place to be on the evening of Wednesday 3 November
for a concert by the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Singers in the Sounding
the Millennium series. Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a theme by Thomas
Tallis will be preluded by the Tallis original. Alfonso Lobo's Mass
from the 16th century and two 20th century works complete the programme:
Honegger's Liturgique Symphony and the première of Simon Bainbridge's
Chant, a Millennium celebration of live music with electronic amplification
to suit the vast interior of York Minster. Conductors will be Yan Pascal
Tortelier and Harry Christophers. Tickets: +44 (0)1904 432439.
Early November concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue on
3, 4, & 5 at the Orchestra Hall include Haydn's Hornsignal Symphony
No 31, Henze's scoring of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder (soloist, Michelle
DeYoung), and Liszt's Les Preludes. Paavo Bergland directs Sibelius
Symphony No 4 on 10, 12, 13, together with Brahms Tragic Overture and Lalo's
Symphonie espagnole (soloist, Jorja Fleezanis).
Tippett in New York
Michael Tippett's large-scale choral work A Child of Our Time
can be heard in New York in performances by the NYPO, 4-6 Nov. Info: New York
Naive and sentimental music
Kurt Masur conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam on
5 and 6 November with Felicity Lott singing Strauss Four Last Songs. Esa-Pekka
Salonen includes the Dutch première of John Adams Naive and sentimental
music in Utrecht on Nov 11 and Amsterdam on the following evening.
Warwick Arts Society
Buoyed up by the Lindsays, Warwick Arts Society's 20th Anniversary year concerts in
the British Midlands continue with the Ludwig Quartet (Nov 12), who will
be exploring the rare G major Quartet by Franck's protege Ernest Chausson,
and the Skampa Quartet (Dec 3), who set Suk's Meditation and Richter's Divertimento
alongside Dvorak. Both concerts are in the newly refurbished Royal PumpRooms,
Leamington Spa. Events at St.Mary's, Warwick include Florilegium (2 Nov)
and the Wren Baroque Soloists (30 Nov). December showcases two mediaeval-inspired
groups - The City Waites (Dec l0) and Sirinu (Dec l6) - at the Lord Leycester
Hospital, Warwick, while the Mellstock Band revives raucous memories of
Thomas Hardy's Wessex in the historic village of Salford Priors (Dec 15).
Next year's Warwick and Leamington Festival will be on 1-l5 July 2000.
Full details : 01926-410747 /496277.
The UK-based Tallis Scholars under their founder and conductor Peter
Phillips visit Italy 24-28 Nov (Rome, Bolsena, Frosinone, Grotta Ferrata,
Milan), and the Netherlands 12-13 January (Rotterdam and Enschede). Full
info on their recordings at www.gimell.com.
'Jazz on the level' will be a series at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales
on Tuesdays at 8.30: Just East of Jazz, 30 Nov; John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus,
25 Jan; Tony Coe Trio, 15 Feb; Marlene Verplank and her Musicians, 7 March.
Box Office: +44 (0)1222 878444.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will give a Beethoven symphony
cycle at the Royal Festival Hall in London commencing October 14 with conductor
Sir Roger Norrington. Info: +44 (0)171 960 4242.
Oxford Contemporary Music
Commencing 15 October, Oxford Contemporary Music has a stimulating programme
of events opening with Thomas Ades opera Powder her face. Following
is a wide range of performers, composers and music - Terry Riley, Poul Ruders,
James Wood, and from jazz, Fred Hersch, Myra Melford, Gerard McChrystal,
Tommy Smith, and others. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1999/2000 season in Budapest
The Budapest Philharmonic's 1999/2000 season includes music by Liszt,
Mozart and Tchaikovsky (13-14 December, conducted by Zuohang Chen, with
Barry Douglas, piano); Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven (31 January, with the
Beaux Arts Trio); Bach, Mozart and Bartók (28 February); Mahler's
3rd Symphony (20-21 March); Sibelius (3-4 April); Beethoven's Symphonies
1 and 9 (15-16 May).
Budapest Opera premières include Britten's Peter Grimes
(staged by Balazs Kovalik - 13, 14, 17, 19, 23, 28 November and 18, 20 January),
Three Sisters by Peter Eotvos (based on Chekhov, staged by Istvan
Szabo - 2, 5 April) and Bizet's Carmen (staged by Mikos Szinetar
- 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30 May).
Other events in Budapest include the Nureyev Ballet Competition (16 March
finals, 17 March gala. Opera House); Verdi's Requiem (1,3 November. Opera
October at Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Highlights at Düsseldorf's Tonhalle include cellist Yo-yo Ma playing
Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz, Bright Sheng's Seven Tunes Heard
in China, The Cellist of Sarayevo by David Wilde, and the Kodály
solo cello sonata (27 October at 8pm, großer Saal). Info: email@example.com.
Ensemble Wind Quintet will play in London's Purcell Room as part of 'Fresh Young Artists Platform' on
7 December, 7.30pm. The ensemble will give the world première of
a work written for them - Paul Patterson's Westerley Winds, the European
première of Philip Bimstein's Casino for quintet and tape,
and music by Berio, Briccialid, Pärt and Tinoco. Tickets GBP 10 (GBP
8, concessions) from firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +44 (0)171 960 4242. Other Galliard Ensemble appearances include
6 November (Arnold, Tinoco, Françaix, Ligeti, Berio and Patterson
- West Dean College Chichester); 27 November, 11am (Birtwistle, Olsen, Lindberg,
Tinoco and Ligeti - Huddersfield Festival, St Paul's Hall); 6 February 2000,
9pm (Cambini, Briccialdi, Holst, Ibert, Pärt, Ligeti and Patterson
- Balliol College Oxford).
Forgotten genius of Renaissance Spain
A native of Flanders, Philippe Rogier (c1561-1596) lived and worked mostly
in southern Spain, and his music reflects both styles. Magnificat will perform two further concerts of Rogier's
music in London this Autumn. Both concerts are at St James, Piccadilly,
7.30pm: Missa Inclina Domine (30 October) and Missa Domine Dominus
Noster (10 December, also featuring The Wallace Collection in Rogier's
festive polychoral Christmas music).
The Plymouth Music Series in Minneapolis has announced its 1999-2000
season, called 'Uncommon Artistry'. Handel's Solomon will be performed
in Bethel College on 30 October; Witness will be partially African American
with a song cycle from John Williams and Dream N. the Hood, a rap
symphony by Gregory T.S.Walker to be programmed in Orchestra Hall on 19
Feb; The Kings Singers will present Aha! Cappella at Wooddale Church
on 7 April; Czech composer Jan Jiraseks reworking of Bach's St Luke's Passion
will be sung on 12 May at the Ted Mann Concert Hall. Info: +1 612 624 2345.
Music to move you
'Music to move you' is an eight-concert season announced for the St David's
Hall as the National Concert Hall of Wales from September through to May
2000. Apart from top ranking British orchestras and conductors there will
be visits by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic
The months ahead for the London Mozart Players include the Mozart
Series of four concerts at St John's, Smith Square with an unusual format.
Each concert will contain a symphony and a concerto with a rare chamber
work, such as the Adagio and Rondo K617 for flute, oboe, viola, cello and
glass harmonica. There is a short talk about some aspect of the evening's
music at each concert. Email email@example.com.
Steel and Gold
'Steel and Gold' is the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's title for a
forthcoming Rachmaninov retrospective. Over October and November, five concerts
will contain the three symphonies, Symphonic Dances, and a concert version
of his opera The Miserly Knight, as well as works by contemporaries.
A series booking will also include a free celebrity concert with Artur Pizarro.
BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra is unusually focussed in advance publicity
for its 1999/2000 season, shared between the Royal Festival Hall and Fairfield
Halls, Croydon. Cristina Ortiz plays the Rachmaninov Paganini Variations
etc (RFH 2 Nov), and concerts with other celebrities go through to July.
Del Cuarto Elemento
Music by James Dillon, featured recently at Norway's Ultima Festival,
can be heard in several countries during the coming weeks. The Arditti Quartet
will play the 3rd String Quartet in Köln, Germany on 4 November; cellist
Rohan de Saram will play Eos on 9 November in Badenweiler, Germany
(and will give the UK première on 23 November at the Huddersfield
Contemporary Music Festival), and in Austria, violinist Irvine Arditti will
play Del Cuarto Elemento at Wien Modern on 14 November. Dillon, who
is currently working on music for Stuttgart's ECLAT Festival in February,
will celebrate his 50th birthday in October 2000. Info: Edition Peters.
Kathryn Thomas and Neil Crossland
Flautist Kathryn Thomas and pianist Neil Crossland will play a Sonata
by Otar Taktakishvilli at a free lunchtime recital at Sheffield's University
Drama Studio, Glossop Road, on 4 November, 1:10pm, during which you can
also hear Poulenc's Sonata, a work for solo piano by Ruth Byrchmore, Neil
Crossland's Reminiscences and Debussy's Syrinx for solo flute.
Thomas and Crossland will also be performing at Bradford's Alhambra Theatre
on 9 February 2000.
A concert will be staged in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on 5 November,
7.45 p.m., in aid of the St.Mary Magdalen Restoration and Development Trust.
St.Mary Magdalen is a well known feature in the daily life and worshipof
the ancient university city. Its Lady Chapel dates back 800 years; an early
altar commemorates the death of St.Thomas a Becket.
The programme includes Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks
and Purcell's Ode on St.Cecilia's Day, performed by Voces Sacrae
choir and the Orchestra at St.Mary Magdalen, directed by Judy Martin.
Voces Sacrae's latest recordings include Michael Finnissy's Seven
Sacred Motets (l991), recorded on Metier MSV CD92023, and 'Except the
Lord Build the House', recorded in Exeter College Chapel together with the
choir of St.Mary Magdalen, and comprising music by Mendelssohn, Byrd, John
Rutter and W.S.Lloyd Webber (Metier ..........). The 8-voice choir was recently
heard at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, during a tour of New South Wales.
Voces Sacrae's recording of Michael Berkeley's Eight Motets, together
with music by Magnus Williamson, Gabriel Jackson and Bob Chilcott, will
be released in the new year.
Voces Sacrae can be contacted
by e-mail, or visit their website.
Early Music Vancouver
A highlight of Early Music Vancouver's 1999-2000 season will be the visit of Musica
Antiqua Koln to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on 8 November, with
concertos for one, two, three and four solo violins by Bach, Vivaldi and
A European tour by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will bring Biped,
a new work to a commissioned score by Gavin Bryars to Paris for a season
9-20 November. The work explores a new animation technology of motion capture.
English Fancie Camarada
The English Fancie Camarada presents a retrospective series of 20th century
chamber music at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK, all starting at 7.30pm.
On 13 November, 'the war years', you can hear the Phantasy for Piano
Quartet by Frank Bridge, Fantasy for String Quartet by Herbert
Howells, the Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet by Arnold Bax, Alan Rawsthorne's
Oboe Quartet, the Delius Cello Sonata, and Britten's Phantasy Quartet.
Further concerts (including many Camarada commissions and first performances)
will be held on 4 December - 'War years - the aftermath', 29 January - 'New
directions' (with a 6.30pm pre-concert talk by Richard Rodney Bennett) and
3 March - 'towards the millennium' (6.30pm pre-concert talk by Howard Skempton).
Tickets cost GBP 7 (concessions GBP 5) per concert, from The Playhouse,
Beaumont Street, Oxford, +44 (0)1865 798600 or at the door. Info: +44 (0)1252
Judith Lang Zaimont
Forthcoming U.S. performances of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont include the world première of
her Piano Sonata on November 14, 1999 at Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery
by Bradford Gowen.
St Ceciliatide International Festival
The 5th St Ceciliatide
International Festival of Music takes place at Stationers' Hall in the
City of London 20-28 November. American musicologist Joshua Rifkin and the
Bach Ensemble play Bach concertos and the Ouverture in D (minus the oboes,
trumpets and drums it later acquired) 24 Nov. Fiori Musicale present Vivaldi's
Seasons on 20 & 21 November with new music by Geoffrey Burgon reflecting
on the Vivaldi work and interweaving with it. Chapelle du Roi sing Guerrero's
Vespers for St Ceciliatide on 22 Nov, and the Finnish Yggdrasil Quartet
mark the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death on 25 November with pianist
Fumiko Shiraga playing new chamber arrangements of Chopin's two piano concertos.
The Lindsay Quartet plays Beethoven on the 26th and Fiori Musicale reappear
on 27 and 28 November with James Bowman presenting two choral works by Zelenka
and Bach Cantata 54 (Widerstehe doch der Sunde).
Song at St John's
The 30th Anniversary Season commencing in October at St John's Smith
Square, London, contains Song at St John's, a blossoming of solo
song with piano. Four Russian evenings commence on 27 November with Galina
Gorchakova. A Millennium Song Series, 'Across Time and Space', explores
themes of time, culture and society. There will be a Study Day led by Roderic
Swanston on 16 January with the first recital on 7 February bringing Susan
Bickley and Paul Robinson for a programme drawn from Italy, Spain, Russia
and the UK. Finally, on 17 March Rosalind Plowright and the Mastersingers
Company introduce a Celebrity Song Series. Box office: +44 (0)20 7233 1618
The Burning Bush
A distinctive integration of traditional musics
will be heard at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 28 November. Lucie
Skeaping, Arab folk musicians and the The Burning Bush, an ensemble
specialising in traditional Jewish world music, will present it using a
wide array of exotic instruments.
York's involvement in early music is increasing progressively through
the activities of their Early Music Foundation. On 3 December is held a
Medieval Feast for the Archbishop of York, a re-creation of the celebration
in 1437, and on 17 December a programme of Christmas music by the group
Passacaglia. There is more pre-Christmas and Christmas music. Info firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Colin Davis conducts a Berlioz Odyssey commencing on 5 December.
This is described as an 'epic journey' and will involve the London Symphony
Orchestra, various soloists and choirs. Full information on +44 (0)845 60
About Time in Ely
On Sunday 12 December a BBC Millenium concert will take place in Ely
Cathedral presenting The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Birmingham
Contemporary Music Group conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in a programme including
Haydn's Te Deum and Beethoven's Ninth plus the première of
Mark-Anthony Turnage's About Time. Info: +44 (0)1353 660349.
Bach Millennium Pilgrimage
From 25 December 1999 to 1 January 2001, The Monteverdi Choir, English
Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner will perform all 200 of Bach's
surviving church cantatas, each on the precise liturgical date for which
it was written, in abbeys, cathedrals and churches throughout Europe. The
project will cost more than 5 million UK pounds (approx. 7.5 million US
dollars), and will involve Gardiner in 150 air flights. Deutsche Grammophon
will record the concerts, and many will be televised.
The illustrious Guaneri String Quartet, which has a residency at the
University of Maryland, is to première a Concerto for string quartet
and orchestra by Richard Danielpour with the National Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Leonard Slatkin at Washington's Kennedy Center on 13, 14, and
15 January 2000 then in New York at Carnegie Hall on 25 January.
The Sixteen in sixteen cathedrals
From February to November 2000, The Sixteen will perform in 16 of England's
finest cathedrals. Starting in York and ending in Canterbury, the choir
will sing some of the best renaissance music by Byrd, Taverner and Tallis
- composers connected historically with the cathedrals. Watch out for a
new page on The Sixteen
website, which (by the end of October) will give further information
and booking details.
Elliot Carter's recently premièred one act comic opera What
Next? is at the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 25 and 31 March
2000. With text by Paul Griffiths (after Jacques Tati's film Traffic),
What Next? is conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Nicolas
Brieger, with decor by Gisbert Jaekel.
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